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Posted on: October 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Salwei Named Public Works Service Operations Director

Steve Salwei headshot photoThe City of Bismarck has hired Steve Salwei as its new Public Works Director of Service Operations.


Salwei, who had been the Transportation Programs Director with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) since 2011 will begin with the City on November 14. Salwei had been with the NDDOT in a variety of capacities since 1995. He is replacing Jeff Heintz, who retired in August. 


Bismarck Mayor Mike Schmitz said his varied, extensive experience proved to be the deciding factor in hiring Salwei.  


“Steve brings a lot of distinct experience to the table,” said Schmitz. “He came up through the ranks with the state’s Department of Transportation, has had a variety of interaction with local governments, and we are looking forward to his near-30 years of experience at the State level translating to our city’s Public Works.” 


Salwei graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science in Civil Engineering Technology in 1989 prior to graduating from Bismarck State College in Pre-Engineering in 1991 and receiving a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from North Dakota State University in 1994. 


As the Public Works Director of Service Operations, Salwei will oversee city services for six divisions: 

  • City Building Maintenance
  • Fleet Services
  • Forestry
  • Solid Waste Collection and Disposal
  • Street Department
  • Street Light and Traffic Signal Maintenance

 “Along with his engineering acumen, Steve has a number of key skills,” said Bismarck City Commissioner and Public Works portfolio holder Anne Cleary. “Within his previous experience, he has served as a congressional and legislative liaison, project manager, ambassador, presenter, negotiator and has worked in budgeting, planning and public relations. His experience will be valuable to the Public Works team and to lead us into this next chapter of the city’s development.”


Salwei’s salary is $140,000 per year. More information about Public Works is available online

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